Brandon Corder excitedly runs up the front porch steps to get to the kitchen to enjoy an afterschool snack of soup, cookies and ice cream and talk about his day with his family.
Gathering around his siblings and parents, Corder laughs and jokes at the table, then unleashes his energy running around the backyard with them. He is a typical teenage boy in many ways but one — he is autistic.
The 13-year-old officially was diagnosed at the age of 3.
One in 110 children in the United States is diagnosed with autism per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
Being a parent to an autistic child comes with a host of trials, but no challenge is too big or too small for Pat Kleinhoffer, Brandon’s legal guardian and the mother he’s known all his life.
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